Director Team

At Gateway our goal is to help create a safe place, and to staff it with extraordinary people who can provide the very best individualized treatment.

Karen Flynn, J.D.

Karen Flynn, J.D.

C.E.O. and Co-Owner

"First and foremost is the success of each individual family and the son they place in our care. Gateway students succeed due to their inner strength, hard work and the family and professionals that surround them. As a Gateway owner, I am extremely proud of the professional depth, breadth and investment of every member of our team. Together, with each family, we can truly make a remarkable, life-changing difference in the lives of our students."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah
  • Licensed member of the Utah State Bar
  • Former Administrative Law Judge, Department of Human Services, State of Utah
  • Former Managing Attorney, Office of Guardian ad Litem, State of Utah
  • Experience developing adolescent substance-abuse prevention and treatment models


PHILOSOPHY

Karen knows that there is nothing more important than the welfare of a youth. When a parent places their greatest gift, their child, in Gateway's care, Karen understands there is no weightier responsibility that our team can accept. With that knowledge, Karen believes, in turn, it is Gateway's duty to provide that student and his family the utmost care, service and guidance that a residential treatment center can offer.


PROFESSIONAL

Karen has been working on behalf of youth since 1995, when she became an attorney for abused, neglected and dependent children and their families. Karen has worked with almost every aspect of child welfare and the many trying, often life-changing issues youth face. Karen's experience as a managing attorney, administrative law judge, and child advocate complement perfectly her role as Executive Director for Gateway. Her dream of bringing her experience together into one place culminates in the ongoing success of Gateway Academy.


PERSONAL

Karen's free time is spent with her family and friends. Karen is always looking for her next adventure, whether it's learning to scuba dive, running her first marathon, or seeing another small piece of the world for the first time.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Both in front and behind the scenes, Karen plays countless roles in the success of Gateway students. Whether it's helping a family negotiate the logistics of residential treatment, or training and guiding the staff that work with each youth, Karen's steady, positive influence permeates Gateway. In turn, Karen is continually moved and grateful by the numerous emails, letters and comments from parents and students expressing gratitude for their positive experiences with Gateway.

 

Rebecca Garfield, B.S., C.M.H.C.

Rebecca Garfield, B.S., C.M.H.C.

Executive Director

"Many of the boys who come to Gateway have low self-esteem. My job, in part, is to personally connect with each young man, and through our relationship, help him see and believe in his potential. By the time he leaves, he believes in himself and can see a future filled with opportunity. I love playing a role in that transformation."

 

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Westminster College
  • Experience working with youth in residential treatment centers since 2002


PHILOSOPHY

Rebecca knows adolescents are in a fascinating stage of self-discovery. At that age, Rebecca understands that for many young men the world is spinning a little too fast, and that it can be difficult to find a healthy path. Traditional therapy often takes place in a vacuum. At Gateway, Rebecca and her team take the opposite approach. Gateway boys learn to build healthy relationships within a community of peers and mentors. Moreover, as Residential Manager, Rebecca works to provide students with the positive and vital experience of interacting with the community outside of Gateway. Rebecca knows that such contact makes the transition back to the larger world infinitely easier and more successful.


PROFESSIONAL

Rebecca's passion is working with youth. Before being promoted to the position of Program Director, Rebecca worked as a Residential Manager overseeing the Salt Lake house. Prior to Gateway, Rebecca worked as a youth detention counselor, lead staff at a residential treatment center, and was a case manager for a YWCA teen home. To motivate and provide the boys at Gateway a sense of purpose, Rebecca helps them identify their own passions, and then productively pursue those passions in the community outside of Gateway.


PERSONAL

Rebecca has a strong commitment to friends and family, personal learning and self-discovery. She loves cooking at home and being by the ocean. Rebecca also has a creative artistic side, and is always searching for unique and imaginative items for her home.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

After hearing one student describe how torn he was between continue in a destructive manner and becoming a firefighter, Rebecca worked to set up his service project at a local fire department. Each week, he observed the firefighters in action, learning the various components of their jobs and participating on rides. Rebecca realized the transformative power of the experience. One day she saw him walk out, prepared for service, with the demeanor and behavior of a responsible young man and firefighter.

Arden L. Weintraub, M.D.

Arden L. Weintraub, M.D.

Medical Director

"I love working as part of a team, and that I come to work expecting to learn. I feel I can learn from anyone ... therapists, teachers, staff, or students. It's a two-way street."

 

 

 

 

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CREDENTIALS

  • Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Extensive experience treating youth in residential settings since 1992
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder


PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Weintraub believes open communication and a casual atmosphere create mutual respect. He insists that Gateway students, as well as parents and staff members, call him "Arden." Arden also believes in the importance of being conservative in the prescription of medications, and observing the boys in a variety of activities in order to make informed treatment decisions.

PROFESSIONAL

Arden has decades of experience as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, as well as an ongoing affiliation with the University of Utah School of Medicine. Arden has spent his career helping young people overcome depression, school problems, drug use, poor social skills, nonverbal learning disorders, oppositional behaviors, and family conflicts. Arden works at Gateway three to four days a week, which is much more psychiatric time than other residential treatment programs offer. Arden not only meets formally with the students and therapists at Gateway, but he is always available to staff when he's away from the program.


PERSONAL

Arden is an avid cyclist and hiker. He believes that leisure time and recreational activities contribute to a sense of well-being, and are healthy outlets for people who would otherwise turn to drugs or other destructive behaviors.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

One young man was taking seven medications when he arrived at Gateway Academy. He suffered from severe anxiety which resulted in fainting spells. After careful observation and coordination with therapists and staff, Arden was able to gradually take the student off all medications. Previously unable to participate in activities due to his anxiety and fainting spells, the boy began enjoying hiking, skiing, and other activities with his peers.

Julie Barbero, LCSW

Julie Barbero, LCSW

Clinical Director and Co-Owner

"At Gateway, we are relentless in our quest to find the most effective treatment for each individual student. No two boys are the same—so the therapeutic interventions and approach must be tailored to each boy's unique needs. Even in the course of a single day, we will use several different clinical approaches until a method clicks. The entire staff is commitied to the success of each and every boy, and our clinical team is exceptional. I would trust my own child in Gateway's care."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Master of Science, Adolescent Family Therapy, University of Denver
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work and Psychology, Weber State University
  • Adolescent and family therapist since 1993
  • Developed adolescent programs and residential treatment curriculum at multiple facilities


PHILOSOPHY

For Julie, creating emotional security is the first essential step in helping a boy to overcome his trauma, anxiety, depression, and the difficult obstacles in his life. Julie also believes that the intentional use of relationship and interactions with each boy also provide opportunities for the boys to develop, test and refine new interpersonal skills. Julie ensures that every member of the Gateway team creates daily positive experiences to instill confidence and hope in the boys. By building on these moments in Gateway's safe, homelike, environment, the boys allow themselves to be vulnerable and begin to face painful emotions and take risks to develop new skills. The open, trusting relationships they develop with Julie and the staff also becomes a model for how to create healthy relationships back home.


PROFESSIONAL

Julie has experience working in nearly every residential position including line staff, therapist, and now Clinical Director. She has been working as a social worker and family therapist since 1993. Julie's extensive education and experience provides her a comprehensive understanding that guides her in designing and overseeing Gateway boys' individualized treatment. Julie has presented as a professional in numerous state conferences regarding adolescent development, gender-specific therapy and specialized treatment approaches for addressing trauma, grief and substance abuse. Julie firmly believes that a team approach achieves the best results, so she works closely with the entire staff to implement a unified vision, constant communication, and diverse array of clinically sophisticated therapies.


PERSONAL

Julie enjoys hiking, skiing, recreation rock climbing and yoga. She also loves any activity that allows her to experience the world through the eyes of her two young daughters, including reading, cooking and gardening together.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Julie remembers working with a boy who was so depressed and anxious he refused to go outside of his home for nearly a year. He was transferred to Gateway after a brief hospitalization. Julie began working with the boy by talking for only short periods of time, taking walks around campus, and engaging in experiential opportunities for indirect expression of his feelings. Over time, their sessions gradually increased until he became comfortable enough to talk about his feelings and begin to develop skills to cope with stress and bolster his self confidence. The boy's parents also participated in family therapy with Julie where they learned to alter their parenting style to better help their son. Equipped with the coping mechanisms he learned at Gateway, the young man is now able to manage his residual anxieties. He now attends a university, sometimes returning to Utah in the summer to work at as a mentor for other boys at Gateway.

 

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

Director of Clinical Development and Co-Owner

"As a Gateway owner, it is extremely important to me to provide a safe, caring, clinically sophisticated, and individually tailored approach to each student. I believe this is the way to provide a truly effective and caring method of healing. I'm so lucky to be able to do what I love, and to do it with such a talented and invested staff team. At Gateway, we care about each other. We care about the boys, and we share vision and heart. I think that makes all the difference."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah
  • Master of Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed member of the Utah State Bar
  • Psychotherapist in residential and outpatient settings since 1982
  • Developed Gateway's brain-based and school mindfulness programming


PHILOSOPHY

Michelle believes every boy is unique, and deserves to be treated that way. No matter what issues a boy has when he arrives at Gateway, he has the potential to live a fulfilling and happy life. Michelle knows that the key to unlocking that potential is different for every student. Michelle works closely with the Gateway team to craft an individualized treatment approach that builds on each boy's strengths and addresses his unique issues. Regardless of the specific approach, Michelle insists that it is holistic—engaging the mind, the emotions and the body of each boy. The curriculum and therapy must also utilize movement and knowledge about the brain to facilitate growth and healing. Michelle believes that every interaction with a youth is an intervention.


PROFESSIONAL

Michelle has been working with youth and their families since 1982. As a clinical social worker, a family psychotherapist and a private family and juvenile law attorney, Michelle's career has been spent working on behalf of youth and their families. Michelle has extensive experience working in both residential and outpatient settings. She also has many years experience providing clinical assessment of adolescents for the Utah Third District Juvenile Court. Michelle has presented as a professional in both state and national conferences regarding adolescent development, juvenile sexual development, and specialized treatment approaches incorporating neuroscience and movement. Michelle was instrumental in making Gateway the first program in the country to include the science of deliberate movement within its treatment and academic curriculum, and she continues to study and incorporate cutting-edge research on the brain and adolescent development into Gateway's academic curriculum and therapy.


PERSONAL

Michelle loves music, poetry, and photography. She is a violinist, scuba diver, and avid cyclist. Her friends tease her about reading "boring" books, but her desire to know all there is to know about the brain is insatiable. Above all, Michelle loves spending time with her family and friends.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Michelle's success story is every boy at Gateway. As an owner and clinician, she has been able to bring her vision of a safe, validating environment, individualized treatment, and the application of current research to life at Gateway. Whether facilitating a therapy session, training staff or improving programming, Michelle is invested in ensuring the success of each youth at Gateway. As a result, she has had the privilege of sharing in the accomplishments and healing of many boys and their families.

Casie Buckner-Munteanu, B.A., M.Ed.

Casie Buckner-Munteanu, B.A., M.Ed.

Academic Director

"Education in the 21st century must adapt to the challenges students face in today’s world.  Scientific research on cognitive development has revealed exciting discoveries about the way adolescent brains function and ways to teach the way the brain learns best. The most convincing data show that students learn in a variety of ways and that different learning styles need to be considered when developing curricula and conducting assessments. At Gateway, we design our students’ academic plans to meet all of their unique and individual needs. We also sustain a dynamic balance of challenge and support between teacher and learner to form the basis for a strong and honest relationship that guides the learning process."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Education, in Educational Leadership, Concordia University
  • Master of Arts, in Political Science, University of California Davis
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Whitman College


PHILOSOPHY

Casie is dedicated to holistic education where students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to provide the support students need to succeed. As an educator, Casie seeks to incorporate brain-based research in student learning and, therefore, values constant re-evaluation of standards and curricula to achieve academic excellence. Casie believes we are all a community of learners and that some of the most educational activities happen outside the traditional classroom. As Gateway's Academic Director, Casie strives to inspire a passion for learning and enthusiasm for critical thinking in order to empower the students she serves. Casie leads Gateway's talented and dedicated teaching team. Together, they provide outstanding academic direction, services and growth to Gateway students and their families.


PROFESSIONAL

Casie joined Gateway in 2015.  Her love of teaching began in 1998 when she worked at the American International School of Bucharest, and taught ESL courses in Romania. She taught for several years at the college level, and has also worked in private secondary schools and programs. Casie has taught English, political science, government, economics, and debate. She strives to inspire a passion for learning, self-discovery, and intellectual creativity. Aside from teaching, Casie has worked with students outside of class, through academic advising and college counseling. In her spare time, she also works as a free-lance instructional designer and technical editor, where her fascination with details and grammar are truly appreciated! Casie has coached debate teams, directed summer camps, and provided mentoring and writing assistance to prepare high school seniors for college.


PERSONAL

Casie loves to be in the outdoors and take in nature.  She has lived in Utah, Oregon, Washington, Northern and Southern California, Hawaii and Romania. As a lifelong learner, Casie enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring new adventures.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Learning about current events is a 21st century skill students need to succeed in an ever-changing world. Casie has found that students become more engaged in critical thinking exercises by learning about current events. During a research methods course at Gateway, students were asked to develop opinion papers based on evidence found in current topics in the news. Casie enjoyed watching the “lightbulb go on” when students’ eyes were opened to the world around them.

Kelly Means, L.M.T.

Kelly Means, L.M.T.

Program Director

“One of the best parts of my job is seeing our students become successful in their relationships and reach goals that once seemed impossible to achieve. I believe that building a foundation of trust and emotional safety comes first through listening, compassion, and consistency. Every staff interaction can have a profound influence on the boys' experience and play a key part in what they learn, if done with intention and compassion. Young men who come to Gateway need positive role models who genuinely care and build upon the student's strengths. There is purpose behind what we do and I believe this makes all the difference. ”

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CREDENTIALS

  • Nationally Licensed in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • Wilderness First Responder   
  • AASI Certified Snowboard Instructor 
  • Experience in outdoor education, recreation and leadership since 2002
  • Experience working in wilderness therapy & residential treatment programs since 2003


PHILOSOPHY

Kelly understands it is critical to use creative teaching methods that support the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic styles of learning to help each student enhance thier personal awareness and develop healthy life skills. She also knows there is a lot that goes into what we do to ensure the safety, care, and support of each boy. She recognizes the need to participate in and support every opportunity for students to experience individual success. Kelly views community and staff interactions as essential to teach leadership and communication skills, as well as build confidence and self-care. Kelly emphasizes that we are not only mentors, but also role models.

 

PROFESSIONAL

Kelly has been working with adolescents since 2002. She has experience working in a variety of therapeutic programs including wilderness therapy and residential treatment. Prior to joining the Gateway team, she worked as a Snowboard Instructor, Wilderness Instructor and supervisor & First Responder. She joined Gateway in 2004 as part the Outdoor Education Program and in 2012, became one of the managers leading the Outdoor Team. In 2017, she was promoted to Program Director heading both the residential and outdoor teams. Kelly is also nationally licensed in therapeutic massage and bodywork.


PERSONAL

Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring Utah’s backcountry and playing her guitar. She is always on the lookout for her next adventure and she loves experiences that challenge her to grow. Kelly is currently looking to pursue a degree in Clinical Social Work.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Kelly recalls a visit from a young man who she had worked with several years before. He stopped by Gateway as he was passing through town on his way home from college for the holidays. She was blown away when he asked about staff members that he hadn’t seen in years. What stood out to Kelly as he shared with the boys about his experience was his, “self confidence” and “humility.” “There was an instant connection- a mutual respect between he and the boys. It was very exciting to see the self assured young man he had become.”


Laura Kemper, LCSW

Laura Kemper, LCSW

Admissions Director

"Creating a safe and comfortable environment for new families to share their story is a critical component of the admissions process. The rapport created in this first step is essential in establishing a trusting relationship with our families who are taking a giant leap of faith in professionals they have just met. They deserve an award as does their child for being so brave and courageous!" 

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Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science, Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Science, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Philosophy

"The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you are enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect."

 -Dr. Brene Brown, LCSW

Gateway Academy provides a safe and nurturing environment for students to begin their journey of self-acceptance. This is the first step in their emotional growth experience to heal their relationship with themselves as well as their relationship with their family.

Professional

Laura started her professional career as a social worker in the emergency department providing crisis intervention to those needing emergency care. Her entry into private treatment began as an assistant therapist at a therapeutic wilderness program working with adolescent boys. Later, Laura worked as an educational consultant guiding families in need through the treatment process. This ultimately lead her to what she enjoys the most...Admissions. Laura's passion lies in working closely with families during the emotionally-draining admissions process. She has a natural ability to connect with others, create a comfortable atmosphere and reduce the anxiety associated with placing a child in treatment. 


Personal

When Laura isn't working, you will find her spending time with her husband, 2 dogs and her very energetic set of twins. She enjoys the great outdoors, creating art and jewelry using warm glass as her medium and trying to keep her mind, body and soul in shape to keep up with her kids and life. Laura has a lust for life and enjoys going to new places to vacation...mostly the beach!

 

Melissa Hickman, LCSW

Melissa Hickman, LCSW

Marketing Director and Co-Owner

"Unless they feel safe, troubled adolescents can't begin to deal with their issues. To me, that makes sense; why would they risk? From the beginning, my goal with Gateway was to help create that safe place, and to staff it with extraordinary people who can provide the very best individualized treatment. As an owner, a therapist and a mom, I'm proud to say that's just what we've done."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Psychotherapist in outpatient and residential settings since 1991


PHILOSOPHY

For Melissa, there is no panacea—no single therapeutic approach— that can successfully treat all issues. She knows that adopting one therapeutic style may seem easier, but it just doesn't work. For her, each boy and his family are different from the next, with individual issues to sort through and deal with. Because there are only 16 boys in each Gateway home, the staff has the time and the resources to make personalized decisions about every student's therapy, education, and community involvement. And everyone at Gateway—from the house staff and outdoor team to the dedicated teachers and therapists—is highly invested in each young man who walks through its door.


PROFESSIONAL

As Melissa observed the successes and shortcomings of the many various therapeutic approaches in her long career, her vision for a place like Gateway grew. She has been a therapist for at-risk youth since 1991, serving in every capacity, including private practice, wilderness therapist, runway shelter therapist, and clinical director. As the Admissions Director for Gateway, she carefully evaluates every applicant. She then plays an active role with the Gateway team to determine the best treatment program for each boy. Melissa believes it takes a village to achieve success, and credits the entire team for making the dream of Gateway a reality.


PERSONAL

Melissa likes to press the boundaries of her world by exploring other places and cultures. She then hurries home again to spend time with her grandchildren. Melissa also enjoys knitting, scuba diving, and remodeling houses.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Melissa recalls working with one of Gateway's first students. He was using drugs, expressing animosity toward his family, and performing poorly at school. In short, he was spinning out of control. His confrontational behavior continued for the first few months at Gateway, but gradually treatment began to gain traction. He discovered a love for bouldering in the outdoor education program, and he learned to apply himself academically. Melissa observed that as he gained confidence and stability, his relationship with his parents and siblings improved. Since leaving Gateway, he has graduated from college and now competes in bouldering.